Avis-release: a newspaper release party at Holla 10-årige

On Friday 15th of February, year 5 released their latest project: a newspaper filled with interviews and reader’s letters.

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We invited parents, grandparents and siblings to our newspaper release. Year 5 consists of 29 students, you can imagine how full the classroom was, when there were 60 people inside the classroom. Let’s just say…it was packed!

Since the start of January the students have worked on:

  • how to write a reader’s letter. Their opinions must be heard!
  • how to write and do an interview
  • create a comic strip on http://www.pixton.com

The students worked systematically. The project went on like this:

  • Week 2: introduction to the newspaper project. First focus: how to set up a reader’s letter.
  • Week 3: First editorial meeting. The students chose a topic to write about. Continued working on their own reader’s letter in class and at home.
  • Week 4: Second focus: interview. How to write an interview, and what was expected from their texts. Writing frame and model texts were given to the students.
  • Week 5: The students did research on their topics, planned who and where they were going to interview ‘their’ person for the topic.
  • Week 6: Not much time to work on their interviews because of winter activites during the week. Second and last editorial meeting. What was left to do before the newspaper release?
  • Week 7: The students had to finish their interviews and send it to the teacher. The newspaper release-party was on the last day of school before winter break.

Our headmaster, Anne was at the release party. She also had the pleasure of talking about the Funtastic project to the parents, telling them that some teachers are going to Cyprus next week. In May we are looking forward to meeting both european teachers and Finish students at Holla 10-årige skole.

On Thursdays, Ulefoss’s local newspaper is released. Today, our newspaper project was mentioned in the latest newspaper. Exciting day for our students!

DRAWING TO MUSIC

Some time ago I shared post about drawing as an expression tool for children. I now share an activity where music influences the drawings made by children.

Let´s start.

We hand out a piece of paper to each child.

Before starting to draw: it is important that the students know that they will only start a picture, but other children will  continue and finish it. The teacher plays some music, then we must wait for the music to have an effect upon us: the mood, memories, evocations, images … It is time to start drawing. You can lower the volume of the music down until it stops playing. We continue drawing  for about four or five minutes and then we stop. We drop the pencils and the crayons. We pass the drawing to another student and receive the drawing of another. We wait for a new type of music to sound, we wait again for it to have effect upon us, etc. We repeat three, four times the same procedure. For this session, I have chosen melancholic music, then christmas music, comic music and finally suspense music.

 

 

It is surprising to see how music truly exerts an influence and produces images and feelings; reactions to the different types of music, gestures, body movement … Children let themselves be imbued by the music and release their feelings. For example, several students drew a mother singing a lullaby when they listened to melancholic music.

Valentine’s Day

In Finland, Valentine’s Day isn’t necessarily so much a romantic holiday as a holiday to celebrate friendship — in Finnish it is called “Friends’ Day,” after all.

As a way to celebrate the friendships we have with colleagues, a few teachers got to work making hearts with every staff members’ name. The hearts were placed in the staff room with the text of “I like you because…” above. Teachers, assistants, the secretary, etc. were all encouraged to write messages to each other throughout the week as a way to spread kind thoughts, words and cheer leading up to Valentine’s Day.

Winter sports day

We have been enjoying a beautiful winter in Helsinki: plenty of snow and freezing temperatures with sunny days mixed in between.

Our students, teachers and staff were able to enjoy the wonderful weather during our annual winter sports day. Students were able to choose between downhill skiing or snowboarding, cross country skiing and sledding. We could not have asked for better weather to enjoy the day.

Aliens in the classroom

During term 1, aliens took over and invaded the English classroom of Year 5 students. Fear not, no spaceships had to be manned. Students had to answer a single question for which creativity turned out to be their best ally: “If you could interview an alien, what would you ask her?” – Obviously, in English.

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Together, students wrote down questions that are simply a must for any competent outer space reporter. Some of the areas covered were alien dietary needs or the existence of WIFI in other galaxies, amongst many others. There are so many things to find out! Students worked in groups to come up with their answers and handed in a first draft of their interview. Corrections to the text were made by the teacher and added to the final version which included a drawing of the distinguished interviewee. Finally, each group gave an oral presentation on their alien creature.

In order to motivate students and make them think critically, they were confided the task of evaluating the artistic quality of each other’s work. Every group had one vote in the shape of a star that they could stick on the poster they thought to be the best one. On this occasion the proud winners of a little prize were students from class 5A. Well done, guys!

As in any cooperative learning experience a rubric was used. It helped students think about the way they had distributed and carried out the different tasks and the difficulties they had encountered. It turned out that students actually did quite a lot of thinking! Class 5B got into a really nice and lively debate about the advantages and disadvantages of working in groups. This is definitely when the magic happens in a classroom!

If you want to put your Spanish to the test and hear what my students think about cooperative and individual learning, read the original post at: https://www.trinitarias.com/alienigenas-en-el-aula/

By Lucía Rodríguez Cuenca

INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY

The idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day was the initiative of Bangladesh. It was approved at the 1999 UNESCO General Conference and has been observed throughout the world since 2000.

UNESCO believes in the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity for sustainable societies. It is within its mandate for peace that it works to preserve the differences in cultures and languages that foster tolerance and respect for others.  

Linguistic diversity(link is external) is increasingly threatened as more and more languages disappear. Globally 40 per cent of the population does not have access to an education in a language they speak or understand. Nevertheless, progress is being made in mother tongue-based multilingual education with growing understanding of its importance, particularly in early schooling, and more commitment to its development in public life.

Multilingual and multicultural societies exist through their languages which transmit and preserve traditional knowledge and cultures in a sustainable way.

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Spain is a multilingual country where four different languages ​​are spoken. Three of them have evolved from Latin, brought by the Romans, and they are:  CastellanoCatalán and  Gallego. The fourth language is Euskera; a pre-roman language whose origins are still unknown. The official language of the state is Spanish or Castilian.

There are several bilingual regions in Spain which share their own language with castilian or spanish: Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands (where Catalan is spoken), Galicia (where Galician is spoken) and País Vasco and Navarra (where Euskera is spoken). The following pictures are taken from notebooks belonging to students of the first year of secondary education, where they study this topic widely:

In addition there are different geographical variations of Castilian (Andalusian, Extremeño, Murciano…) with differences mainly in the accent and pronunciation of some sounds

And to conclude, two historical dialects from Latin still remain that did not evolve as languages: they are the “Astur-Leonés and Navarro-Aragonés. They are spoken by very few people and in very specific areas.

Curiosities:

In our region we only speak Castellano but in some areas the old Astur-Leonés dialect is still spoken.

Catalan is called “valenciano” in the region of Valencia ,and they claim for it to be a different language.

Speakers of Castilian can understand “Gallego” and “Catalán” perfectly as they have the same origins.

How about your country?

Please, leave a comment about the language situation in your countries.

 

by María Soledad González 

Our journey to the Center of Earth: SCI-FI or Reality?​

“We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read.”

Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth

As many of you probably know, Journey to the Center of EarthVoyage au centre de la Terre- is one of the most popular science fiction novels in the 19th century. It is written by Jules Verne in 1864. Basically, the plot tells the story a prestigious scientist who decided to discover how the center of Earth looked like. For that reason, he started an amazing journey in which he and his team will find an undiscovered world full of surprising and dangerous adventures.

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Journey to the Center of Earth

Children love adventures, they love the adrenaline when they make a new discovery. For that reason, 4º ESO graders -16 years old students- are going to make their own adventure based on Journey to the Center of Earth: would it be possible to make a journey as the characters of the Julio Verne’s novel made?

For this project, we are working in cooperative groups, and they are working on doing research about our earth. In fact, we are trying to demonstrate that the novel is basically impossible from a geological point of view. This objective is not easy, and many times the kids need to face new challenging making a fundamental thesis to cope with each geological subject that the novel includes.

 

 

Why Journey to the Center of Earth is a sci-fi novel? Why it cannot be real? Have you ever imagined there would be a new whole world below us? We will show you the truth very soon…

“The day of letters”

Education is the most powerful weapon for the humankind. A certain number of people is lucky enough to be educated without any difficulties or obstacles. Some others though, must work to make ends meet, some others struggle to survive life in a war zone, and others they live in remote or undeveloped areas. Regardless to any living conditions all  people have a right to education. Those less fortunate probably appreciate education and literacy a lot more than the people who have had access to education. Sometimes teenagers complain that they have a lot of homework or they are bored of school and that they would prefer to stay at home or enjoy their day somewhere else. There are those children though, who are given a textbook, or a pencil and they are very happy that they will learn how to read and write. On the 31st of January Cyprus  celebrates ‘The day of letters’ and on that very day people celebrate and honor the right to education. The international day of education was celebrated on the 24th of January, so the IMS students and teachers decided to organise a book fair. Students and teachers cooperated for this event which consisted of donated books which were sold for €2 each. This was a charity event and the money raised from the fair went to the children in Kenya to fund school supplies. That was a great idea in order to help children to learn something new, as well as share our own knowledge by donating the books we read, so other people can read them as well. We always need to remind ourselves and the people around us that education is everyone’s right, and that we should never be deprived of our right to literacy and enlightenment.

THE GIVING TREE

I always read this story by Shel Silverstein to my year two pupils when I teach about plants.

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My way of talking about plants is a little special. I tell them that plants are the most important living things on the planet, without plants life would not exist. Plants do not need other living things in order to live. They do not eat other beings. Plants are the only living things able to make their own food. For this reason, the rest of living things depend on them. The strategy that plants use to reproduce and ensure their existence, is also very beautiful and very generous again. With their colorful and fragrant flowers they attract the attention of insects and give them nectar and pollen. In this way, insects pollinate the plants, and fruits are born. Fruits either fall to the ground or other living things catch them and eat them, spreading the seeds of the plant so that new ones are born…So reading this story is my little tribute to the plants and a way to contribute to stimulate the awereness of my students regarding this issue. I hope you like it. The narrator in the video is the author himself, Shel Silverstein:

 

 

LET THE CHILDREN GET BORED AGAIN

Humor is an essential ingredient of life. Anytime. Anywhere. It is always necessary. It is always is good. Especially when we talk about teachers and children. However,  articles like the one I share now  always make me think. It is true: humor is very good and you have to use it from time to time, and so on, yet we should not feel guilty when  kids get bored. Boredom is also necessary in life. We should not fall into the trap that children can not follow long explanations, and we should plan lessons that engage our students, full of interaction and visuals, etc. Maybe we should not create false expectations. Perhaps it is also important to teach that  boredom is part of life. Maybe tomorrow they will have to do boring jobs…